Palestinian lives in peril as Israel reinforces apartheid
Israeli authorities must dismantle the system of apartheid which is causing so much suffering and bloodshed, Amnesty International said today. Since the organization launched a major campaign against apartheid one year ago, Israeli forces have killed almost 220 Palestinians*, including 35 in January 2023 alone. Unlawful killings help maintain Israel’s apartheid system and constitute crimes against humanity, as do other serious and ongoing violations by Israeli authorities such as administrative detention and forcible transfer.
Over the past few days, a series of deadly attacks has underscored the urgent need for accountability. On 26 January, Israeli forces carried out a raid on Jenin refugee camp and killed 10 Palestinians, including a 61-year-old woman. On 27 January, seven Israeli civilians were killed when a Palestinian gunman opened fire in Neve Ya’akov, an Israeli settlement in occupied East Jerusalem. In response to this attack, Israeli authorities have stepped up collective punishment against Palestinians, carrying out sweeping mass arrests and threatening punitive home demolitions.
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CRUEL SYSTEM OF DOMINATION AND CRIME AGAINST HUMANITY
- EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
- SCOPE AND METHODOLOGY
- APARTHEID IN INTERNATIONAL LAW
- ISRAEL’S OPPRESSION AND DOMINATION OF PALESTINIANS
- INHUMAN AND INHUMANE ACTS AGAINST PALESTINIANS
- CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
Apartheid gegen die Palästinenser*innen und Forderungen von Amnesty International
Amnesty-Bericht zu Israel zeigt Ausmaß der Apartheid gegen Palästinenser*innen
01.02.2022 Amnesty International: Bericht über systematische Menschenrechtsverletzungen an Palästinenser_innen
01.02.2022 Süddeutsche Zeitung, Peter Münch: Amnesty wirft Israel Apartheid vor
02.02.2022 ICAHD: Statement zum Bericht von Amnesty International über Israels Apartheidsystem
03.02.2022 +972, Michael Sappir: Why is Amnesty Germany staying silent on the apartheid report?
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03.02.2022 Ha'aretz, Gideon Levy: Tell Me Whats's Untrue in Amnesty's Report On Israel
04.02.2022 TELEPOLIS, Norman Paech: Israel und die Apartheid-Debatte
04.02.2022 Berliner Zeitung, Hanno Hauenstein: „Apartheid“-Begriff in Israel: Ein Skandal, der keiner ist
05.03.2022 Jüdische Stmme für einen gerechten Frieden in Nahost e.V.:
Stellungnahme zum AI-Bericht zu Israels Apartheid
07.02.2022 Frankforter Rundschau, Michael Benyair: Zwei Völker mit ungleichen Rechten
07.02.2022 BDS-Gruppe Bonn: Leif Ove Andsnes – Don’t play Apartheid Israel!
Why aren't Europeans calling Israel an apartheid state?
Israel's apartheid is not that different from the one South Africa used to have, both in terms of policy and brutality.
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Jerusalem, the Capital of Apartheid
By acknowledging Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, President Trump has demonstrated a genuinely deep historical insight. Even if Israel itself had claimed any other city as its capital – be it Tel-Aviv, where Israel’s declaration of independence took place in 1948; or Hebron, where once Abraham bought a graveyard, and where nowadays a few hundred Jewish settlers terrorize hundreds of thousands of Palestinians; or even Vilnius, once known as “Lithuania’s Jerusalem” for its prosperous Jewish community (Israelis now parrot that “every people has a right to choose its own capital”, so why not?) – the leader of the free world would have been correct in pointing at Jerusalem as the true and genuine capital of the Israeli Apartheid.
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Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia:
Israeli Practices towards the Palestinan People and the Question of Apartheid
27.03.2017 Richard Falk:
Anger at my Israel 'apartheid' report puts free speech at risk
21.09.2017 Richard Falk:
Apartheid and the Future of Israel/Palestine
19.01.2019 Patrick Lawrence:
A Conversation With Richard Falk (Part 1)
31.01.2019 Patrick Lawrence:
A Conversation With Richard Falk (Part 2)
07.02.2018 Video mit Richard Falk (Part 1) (Part 2)
09.02.2018 Eric A. Gordon:
Richard Falk speaks on Israel and the question of apartheid
How the term 'Israeli Arab' was created
Between the end of Israeli military administration over its Arab citizens in 1966 and plans for educational integration in 1968, a new definition was born.
In the modern history of the United States, it’s impossible to overstate the importance of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling of Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka (1954) as a landmark decision to end the racial segregation being practiced in the South.
Ostensibly, the date marking the official end of Israeli military administration over its Arab citizens, 1966, should hold a similar status. But marking the 50th anniversary of the event seemed to be a matter of interest for historians only, with many Israelis not even aware of the existence of the body that controlled the lives of Palestinian citizens for over 15 years. Moreover, while this rule was associated with the military administration established in the occupied territories, very few people – if any – have considered its significance in the internal social context.
I will try to reflect here on the connection between the ending of the military administration in 1966 and the occupation of the territories in 1967, and the plan for educational integration in 1968. In doing so, I will try to highlight the sociopolitical processes that shaped the status of Palestinian citizens at the crossroad between the state, Palestinians in the territories and Israeli Jews.
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Only International Pressure Will End Israeli Apartheid
The growing delegitimization of Israel is this country's own handiwork. Should Israel decide to end apartheid, it will return to being legitimate in every respect.
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In Israel/Palestine: Witnessing the End of a Colonial Regime
What is happening in Israel today and what happened last week, last month, and for the past almost 50 years is about cementing sovereignty over land the international community agrees does not belong to Israel and over a subject people, the Palestinians, in contravention of international law. Yet, in Israel there is much talk about whether this is the start of the third intifada, but little talk of ending the occupation, the root cause of the escalating conflict.
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Ex-U.N. Official John Dugard:
Israel’s Crimes are "Infinitely Worse" Than in Apartheid South Africa
As Palestine joins the International Criminal Court, former U.N. Special Rapporteur John Dugard talks about how an apartheid case could be brought against Israel in the ICC. “I’m a South African who lived through apartheid,” Dugard said. "I have no hesitation in saying that Israel’s crimes are infinitely worse than those committed by the apartheid regime of South Africa."
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Does the term 'apartheid' fit Israel?
Of course it does.
The storm of controversy after Secretary of State John F. Kerry's warning that Israel risked becoming an "apartheid state" reminded us once again that facts, data and the apparently tedious details of international law often seem to have little bearing on conversations about Israel conducted at the highest levels of this country. As was the case when other major figures brandished the "A-word" in connection with Israel (Jimmy Carter comes to mind), the political reaction to Kerry's warning was instantaneous and emotional. "Israel is the only democracy in the Middle East, and any linkage between Israel and apartheid is nonsensical and ridiculous," said California Sen. Barbara Boxer. That's that, then, eh?
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Apartheid, International Law, and the Occupied Palestinian Territory
Apartheid is a loaded term; saturated with history and emotion. It conjures up images and memories of discrimination, oppression, and brutality; indulgence, privilege, and pretension; racism, resistance, and, ultimately, emancipation. All of which come to us through the history of apartheid in South Africa. Although prohibited and criminalized by international law in response to the situation in southern Africa, the concept of apartheid was never given enormous attention by international lawyers. Following an awakening of interest in the international legal prohibition of apartheid as a potentially appropriate lens through which to view the situation of the Palestinians, this article examines the merits of such a claim in the context of Israeli law and practice in the occupied Palestinian territory.
- Introduction: The Apartheid Narrative
- Purpose and Scope
- Apartheid in South Africa
- Apartheid in International Law
- Apartheid in the Occupied Palestinian Territory
- Conclusions: Situating Apartheid
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Beyond South Africa:
Understanding Israeli Apartheid
Much analysis of Israeli apartheid focuses on comparisons with South Africa. Al-Shabaka Policy Advisor Samer Abdelnour argues that the specific characteristics of Israel’s unique brand of apartheid need to be better understood in order to successfully dismantle it. He identifies three inter-locking dimensions of Israeli apartheid: physical, architecture, and ideological. Examining apartheid through these dimensions, he reveals Israeli apartheid to be far more sophisticated than that of South Africa and suggests directions for thinking and action to overcome Israel apartheid.
- The Colonial Roots of Apartheid
- The Physical Faces of Apartheid
- The Architecture of Apartheid
- The Ideologies of Apartheid
- Approaches to Dismantling Apartheid
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